A Letter to AD Coleman, Critic
Of course, most or all photographers know, or should know, who A D Coleman is. For those who are still kept under the stairs, Mr Coleman is, according to Wikipedia, an unimpeachable source, Coleman was the first photo critic for the New York Times, authoring 120 articles during his tenure. He started writing in 1967 and has contributed to the Village Voice, New York Observer and numerous magazines, artist monographs and other publications worldwide. He has received the first Art Critic's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976 and was a Fullbright scholar in 1994. He was named one of "The Top 100 People in Photography" by American Photo Magazine.
Excited and energized, I wrote to Mr Coleman and he responded suggesting I post my email as a comment on his blog. Since the current blog piece is about NY and Hurricane Sandy, it seemed it would be well off-topic and convince those who happened to read it, and didn't know me, that I was at least bi-polar and, at most, certifiable.
Read the essay linked above and then here is my letter to him, with some truly personal stuff left out.*
He replied: Thanks for this thoughtful response. Why don't you post it as a comment at the blog?
Wish I could but don't know where so I put here, somewhere comfortable,
For those who wonder how the picture at the head of this blog entry relates to the text. This, of all the pictures I've ever taken seems to be of the sort that a modern, post-structural critic would conceive of even thinking about. I like it but, of course, most of many photographer friends don't.
* of course there is "no personal stuff left out." What personal stuff would I write to someone I don't know? Are you mad?
You are so wrong about Allan Coleman. If you faun all over him he is almost sweet. You are a fan. If you have any conflict with him, you are toast... "The Collman Payback", Go to his nearbycafe, site. Try reaching him on any of his sites. The mails don't get through.
They are all self-serving promotions for a person who is seldom invited to return after the organizers spend any time with him. He may be important for their portfolio reviews and panels, but he is not really a likable person.
He is not very intelligent, he is an intellectual... The difference... Intelligence is the ability to think in options and choices. Intellectual is the usage of specific methodology and terminology.
And, look for the name Jeffrey or Geoffrey Forrest or Forest and see an example of this. Why would he write about this subject in a newspaper with nothing to do with photography and against someone and use their name and city...He also mentions Forest in an other article he has up on his site about Cologne, Germany, saying Forest is more well known in Cologne than.."in his native land", along with another guy, Philip Pocock.
I have also been told that Mr. Forrest never said what this article proposes but, basically the opposite and Mr. Colman "Twisted the truth and "lost his notes".
All of his girlfriends over the past 25 years are photographers and he is more currupt than you would imagine. He does little or nothing for others and tells them that, up front... Then does less. You can pay him and the 2-3 sites he is behind do not respond and nobody really gets involved for very long.
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